Found October 16, 2011 on
If you've ever gotten a blank tile in Scrabble, you know it can be the best or the worst thing that happens to you in the game. Either you use it with the right word for a game-changing triple-word score, or you hold onto it for too long hoping for that perfect eight-letter word to magically appear. Alexi Ogando is the Texas Rangers' blank tile, and from opening day they have employed him perfectly. Presumptive Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander had a fascinating American League Championship Series, not pitching particularly well but delivering just enough for the Tigers to...
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Move over, Reggie, Babe and all those other October sluggers. Nobody has ever had a postseason power surge like Nelson Cruz just did in the AL championship series.
With a two-run homer Saturday night, Cruz upped his ALCS totals to six homers and 13 RBIs - both major league records for a postseason series. The numbers will hold, too, as his Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 15...
ARLINGTON, Tex. The one thing the Texas Rangers could count on their march to the American League West championship was their starting pitching.
Since the playoffs began, the Rangers have been able to win despite their starting pitching.
It's possible because the Rangers have a stout bullpen, the trend could continue when the Rangers meet St. Louis starting Wednesday night...
Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz homered for a record sixth time in his postseason series against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
The outfielder's two-run blast in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series also gave him 13 RBIs - which is another record for a postseason round.
After going 1-for-15 in the ALDS against Tampa Bay, Cruz went 8-for-22 with a pair of doubles...
Derek Holland didn't make any excuses for his performance in Game 6 even though he's been battling food poisoning.
I am so tempted to pick the Cardinals. By the end of this column, I just might.
The Cardinals have home-field advantage -- no small thing, considering the way the Rangers hit in Texas.
They've got the superior manager -- Tony La Russa, at the peak of his considerable powers.
And they've got a lineup that matches up well against the Rangers' three left-handed starters...
The ball will find you. It always does.
Usually, that saying is intended to be cautionary, warning that someone with inferior defensive skills or playing out of position will eventually have to prove his merit and field the ball.
But at the end of the Texas Rangers' Game 6 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, the ball found its way to the player who took his postseason...
I give them a chance to take it all.The World Series will begin in a National League City, either St. Louis or Milwaukee.If it is Milwaukee, it was an AL City in 1997. It then became an NL City in 1998 when the Brewers were switched over.There is talk of switching the Houston Astros to the AL. But then an Interleague Game would occur every night in MLB.The Astros, born the Colt 45s...
Out of sensitivity to outfielder Josh Hamilton, Texas continued its custom of keeping Champagne out of its on-field celebration.
Nelson Cruz entered the ALCS in a slump, but he emerged as the series MVP with a record six home runs and 13 RBIs in six games as the Rangers topped the Tigers.
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in a matchup of MVP sluggers. Nelson Cruz and David Freese becoming bigger names with each home run swing. Pitching staffs full of shaky starters and shutdown relievers. Plus a Rally Squirrel and the Claw. The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals with a lot symmetry, all set to get acquainted in the World Series.
It's Max Scherzer vs. Derek Holland tonight as the latter's Texas Rangers attempt to close out the former's Detroit Tigers and advance to the World Series for the second consecutive year. Excitement. Experience it via comments here. More »
The Texas Rangers scored nine runs in the third inning and beat the Detroit Tigers 15-5 in Game 6 of the AL championship series to advance to their second straight World Series on Saturday night.
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in a matchup of MVP sluggers. Nelson Cruz and David Freese becoming bigger names with each home run swing. Pitching staffs full of shaky starters and shutdown relievers.Plus a Rally Squirrel and the Claw.The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals with a lot symmetry, all ...
The overriding reason the Texas Rangers have made it to within one game of a second consecutive World Series berth has been their rotation, carrying them throughout the regular season.